The Nigerian Government went for dialogue with South Africa over the recent xenophobic attacks because it was firmly convinced that it was the best option considering the circumstances.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, discountenanced allegations of weakness on the part of government.He also said there were reasonable grounds to believe that the crisis against foreign nationals living in South Africa, including Nigerians, who were the major victims of the attacks was not sponsored by the South African government.
Onyeama said these yesterday at a meeting of representatives of Nigerian professionals and residents in that country, including officials of the Nigerian High Commission held in Pretoria.
The meeting, which had in attendance, the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, was aimed at intimating them of the outcome of bilateral meeting between Nigeria and South Africa and also afford Nigerians narrate their experiences.
He assured that the issue of compensation was not foreclosed, as the government has put machinery in place within the Early Warning Unit (EWU) mechanism that would guarantee payment of compensation by the South African Government.
He called on all Nigerians who had suffered loss due to xenophobia before and in the recent attacks, to submit their documents to the president of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, who is a member of the EWU for collation.